Allow 1 parent to take 2 kids swimming. Allow under 18s to tahe kids swimming

Some local councils, sensibly, allow PARENTS to make the decision about whether or not they can safely manage 2 children in the pool. Parents judge this based on age of children (babies are easier!) depth of pool, obedience of children to parent rules – 'don't go out of your depth' – and swimming ability of child. However some pools decide this all for parents and have a blanket ban on more than 1 child under 5, or 6 or whatever going in with a parent. As a mother of twins this effectively meant that I could not take them swimming in 1 area – though luckily another pool nearby let me in.

Pools have lifeguards and any parent that is NOT looking after a child/children and placing them at risk can be asked to supervise more closely or leave. So why penalise the vast majority of sensible mums and dads by deciding for us what we can do.

Also our local pool says you have to be 18 to take kids swimming – which means 16/17 year old mothers can't take their own baby in. Some older sibling are perfectly sensible and parents should be allowed to decide – or at the very least the limit should be dropped to 16 which is an age where you can get married, have kids, and have a job. But not take someone swimming!

Why is this idea important?

Some local councils, sensibly, allow PARENTS to make the decision about whether or not they can safely manage 2 children in the pool. Parents judge this based on age of children (babies are easier!) depth of pool, obedience of children to parent rules – 'don't go out of your depth' – and swimming ability of child. However some pools decide this all for parents and have a blanket ban on more than 1 child under 5, or 6 or whatever going in with a parent. As a mother of twins this effectively meant that I could not take them swimming in 1 area – though luckily another pool nearby let me in.

Pools have lifeguards and any parent that is NOT looking after a child/children and placing them at risk can be asked to supervise more closely or leave. So why penalise the vast majority of sensible mums and dads by deciding for us what we can do.

Also our local pool says you have to be 18 to take kids swimming – which means 16/17 year old mothers can't take their own baby in. Some older sibling are perfectly sensible and parents should be allowed to decide – or at the very least the limit should be dropped to 16 which is an age where you can get married, have kids, and have a job. But not take someone swimming!

Make sure all new build swimming pools have a hydrotherapy pool

Being a rheumatoid arthritis sufferer I realise how important it is to have access to a hydrotherapy pool but there are a very limited amount across the UK, in Blackpool we do not have one, there should be legislation that every new build must incorperate one as most people will suffer from arthritis over their lifetime.

Why is this idea important?

Being a rheumatoid arthritis sufferer I realise how important it is to have access to a hydrotherapy pool but there are a very limited amount across the UK, in Blackpool we do not have one, there should be legislation that every new build must incorperate one as most people will suffer from arthritis over their lifetime.

Kids and swimming

The government says kids can swim for free. Why, then, do they need passes? They lose these – and photo ID (yes – a passport!) has to be shown plus further form-filling to replace a lost pass. All this just to swim. All kids should be waved through into the swimming paths as they approach the turnstile. (Why do they need a piece of plastic to prove they are a child when it is obvious to see!) This would also save a lot of money on admin.

Why is this idea important?

The government says kids can swim for free. Why, then, do they need passes? They lose these – and photo ID (yes – a passport!) has to be shown plus further form-filling to replace a lost pass. All this just to swim. All kids should be waved through into the swimming paths as they approach the turnstile. (Why do they need a piece of plastic to prove they are a child when it is obvious to see!) This would also save a lot of money on admin.